Politics Jun 01

The cost of incarceration. In 2012, a total $265.2 billion was spent on local, state and federal incarceration in the U.S. Data source: Justice Expenditure and Employment Extracts Program. Chart by The Conversation
Column: 5 charts show why mandatory minimum sentences don’t work

Earlier this month Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo which requires prosecutors to “charge and pursue the most serious” offense when seeking sentences. The memo hearkens back to a failed experiment in mass incarceration in the 1980s and 1990s,…